University Profiles

Meryl Picard

Meryl M. Picard, Ph.D., M.S.W., OTR

Assistant Professor

Department of Occupational Therapy


I specialize in Complementary Medicine and fatigue management for those with chronic disease and sleep disorders.

I began teaching in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Seton Hall University in 1999 with the goal of educating a new generation of client-centered practitioners in a state-of-the-art master's program. I spent 20 years in clinical practice and managerial positions in adult rehabilitation and psychosocial practice prior to my arrival at SHU, including specialized experience with individuals with TBI, substance abuse, teen parenting and vocational programming.

My professional expertise and passion are closely aligned with innovative program development and emerging practice arenas, with an emphasis on lifestyle management for individuals with chronic disease states, fatigue conditions, complementary medicine and sleep. I am currently engaged in my doctoral research on breast cancer survivors experiencing prolonged cancer-related fatigue.


  • M.S.W., New York University
  • B.S., New York University

Academic Distinctions

  • 2008 AOTF Dissertation Grant Award
  • 2000 - 2003. Torcivia, E., Picard, M.M. Seton Hall University Curriculum Development Grant (CDI 3). The Occupational Therapy Narrative Case Studies.
  • 1985. NYC Youth Board Grant. Hayes, E., Picard, M.M. Manhattan Teen Pregnancy Network Guide: A Guide for Pregnant and Parenting Teens.

  • 1991 - 1994. Paluck, R., Picard, M.M. The Development of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention and Treatment Programs for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury, Rehabilitation Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Comprehensive Regional Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Prevention Center Project.
  • 1987 - 1989. Meyer, T., Picard, M.M. Rehabilitation Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Demonstration Project, Overcoming Barriers to Daily Life and Employment in Head Injured Adults.

  • NJOTA President's Award, October 2000
  • NJOTA Service Award, October 2000

Office Phone
(973) 275-2910


Office Location
Room 217
McQuaid Hall


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